Supreme Court Extends Water
U.S Supreme Court Sends Water Wars Case Back to Special Master
Today [June 27, 2018] the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the Florida v. Georgia water wars case. The Supreme Court Justices were deciding whether or not to accept an appointed special master’s recommendation to essentially dismiss Florida’s case seeking limits on Georgia’s water use primarily in Metro Atlanta along the Chattahoochee and on agricultural lands along the Flint.
Writing for the Court, Justice Stephen Breyer held that Florida’s case should not be dismissed and sent it back to the special master. Now, the special master must consider all of Florida’s claims and determine if there is a solution that will balance relief to Florida’s oyster fishery against any potential impacts to Georgia’s economic interests in Atlanta and its South Georgia farms. Read more>>>
What comes next in Georgia’s water wars? Read here>>>
Columbus Utility Rejects State’s Proposal to Improve Quality of Water
Columbus Water Works operates a permitted combined sewer system (CSS), which discharges partially treated sewage combined with stormwater when there is as little as 0.6 inches of rain. The discharges are sent directly into the Chattahoochee River in downtown Columbus near the recently constructed whitewater course, a wildly popular attraction that draws thousands of people each year to the riverfront. CRK is concerned that high levels of bacteria and chlorine from the CSS are harmful to public health, fish and wildlife, and water quality.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has proposed a new, more protective permit with modern monitoring and treatment requirements to address the current problems. Columbus Water Works, however, is seeking to renegotiate the draft permit to weaken the proposed requirements. CRK supports EPD’s proposed permit and is sharing our findings with Columbus stakeholders. Read CRK’s comments to the EPD on the proposed permit here and follow this link for more information on the Columbus CSS permit.
Support CRK in 2018
With the continued threats our river faces, CRK needs your support now more than ever. Please pledge your support for North Georgia’s most valuable natural resource by becoming a CRK event sponsor. In addition to receiving the satisfaction of knowing that your financial commitment will have a positive impact on the lives of the nearly 4 million people who depend on the Chattahoochee, you will receive a myriad of benefits for what you’re doing to help save our precious river.
The We Serve People Restaurant Group houses the culinary and entertainment concepts of Atlanta based chef Calavino Donati and Musician/Activist Doria Roberts. It is here where the couple passionately marries food and the arts with their various philanthropic efforts and interests. While “Farm to Ear” promotes and supports locavores and local music, “Sip + Salvage” (part swap meet/party cocktail party) raises awareness about the importance of upcycling and repurposing.
Their latest effort, “The Green Tea Initiative”, focuses on water and the use (and abuse) of it in cafe culture. The project’s ultimate goal is to bring actionable awareness to the forefront by implementing a nationally recognized “green certification status” for environmental stewards in the industry who serve you “The World in Your Cup”.